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If you've ever gotten a blank tile in Scrabble, you know it can be the best or the worst thing that happens to you in the game. Either you use it with the right word for a game-changing triple-word score, or you hold onto it for too long hoping for that perfect eight-letter word to magically appear. Alexi Ogando is the Texas Rangers' blank tile, and from opening day they have employed him perfectly. Presumptive Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander had a fascinating American League Championship Series, not pitching particularly well but delivering just enough for the Tigers to...

Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz wins ALCS MVP

Move over, Reggie, Babe and all those other October sluggers. Nobody has ever had a postseason power surge like Nelson Cruz just did in the AL championship series. With a two-run homer Saturday night, Cruz upped his ALCS totals to six homers and 13 RBIs - both major league records for a postseason series. The numbers will hold, too, as his Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 15...

Rangers need starters to step up in the World Series

ARLINGTON, Tex. The one thing the Texas Rangers could count on their march to the American League West championship was their starting pitching. Since the playoffs began, the Rangers have been able to win despite their starting pitching. It's possible because the Rangers have a stout bullpen, the trend could continue when the Rangers meet St. Louis starting Wednesday night...

Rangers' Cruz sets postseason HRs, RBIs record

Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz homered for a record sixth time in his postseason series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. The outfielder's two-run blast in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series also gave him 13 RBIs - which is another record for a postseason round. After going 1-for-15 in the ALDS against Tampa Bay, Cruz went 8-for-22 with a pair of doubles...

Holland pitches through sickness in Game 6

Derek Holland didn't make any excuses for his performance in Game 6 even though he's been battling food poisoning.

Texas bats will be Cards' final test

I am so tempted to pick the Cardinals. By the end of this column, I just might. The Cardinals have home-field advantage -- no small thing, considering the way the Rangers hit in Texas. They've got the superior manager -- Tony La Russa, at the peak of his considerable powers. And they've got a lineup that matches up well against the Rangers' three left-handed starters...

Michael Young finally breaks out for Rangers in ALCS clincher

The ball will find you. It always does. Usually, that saying is intended to be cautionary, warning that someone with inferior defensive skills or playing out of position will eventually have to prove his merit and field the ball. But at the end of the Texas Rangers' Game 6 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, the ball found its way to the player who took his postseason...

Texas Rangers Repeat As AL Champions

I give them a chance to take it all.The World Series will begin in a National League City, either St. Louis or Milwaukee.If it is Milwaukee, it was an AL City in 1997. It then became an NL City in 1998 when the Brewers were switched over.There is talk of switching the Houston Astros to the AL. But then an Interleague Game would occur every night in MLB.The Astros, born the Colt 45s...

Bats: Ginger Ale Remains the Rangers' Bubbly of Choice

Out of sensitivity to outfielder Josh Hamilton, Texas continued its custom of keeping Champagne out of its on-field celebration.

Cruz's six homers net ALCS MVP honors

Nelson Cruz entered the ALCS in a slump, but he emerged as the series MVP with a record six home runs and 13 RBIs in six games as the Rangers topped the Tigers.

Rangers, Cardinals set to meet in Series (AP)

Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in a matchup of MVP sluggers. Nelson Cruz and David Freese becoming bigger names with each home run swing. Pitching staffs full of shaky starters and shutdown relievers. Plus a Rally Squirrel and the Claw. The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals with a lot symmetry, all set to get acquainted in the World Series.

Your Tigers-Rangers ALCS Game Six Open Thread

It's Max Scherzer vs. Derek Holland tonight as the latter's Texas Rangers attempt to close out the former's Detroit Tigers and advance to the World Series for the second consecutive year. Excitement. Experience it via comments here. More »

Rangers on cloud nine, return to World Series

The Texas Rangers scored nine runs in the third inning and beat the Detroit Tigers 15-5 in Game 6 of the AL championship series to advance to their second straight World Series on Saturday night.

Hello, stranger! Texas, Cards meet in World Series

Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in a matchup of MVP sluggers. Nelson Cruz and David Freese becoming bigger names with each home run swing. Pitching staffs full of shaky starters and shutdown relievers.Plus a Rally Squirrel and the Claw.The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals with a lot symmetry, all ...

Breaking down the Rangers-Tigers Game 6 starting pitchers

The overriding reason the Texas Rangers have made it to within one game of a second consecutive World Series berth has been their rotation, carrying them throughout the regular season.
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